The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon, today joined the Member for Bass, Geoff Lyons, to launch the Centre for Food Innovation in Launceston.
Mr Snowdon said it was an important initiative that would provide a major boost to the food research industry, as well as the defence force.
“The cutting edge work that will be carried out by researchers here in Launceston will potentially have a real impact on the kinds of food that fuel our defence men and women on operations across the globe,” Mr Snowdon said.
Headed by Professor Roger Stanley, the centre brings together the expertise of nutritionists and food technologists from the University of Tasmania, the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and CSIRO.
Mr Lyons said the centre will provide significant benefits to regional Tasmania.
“In addition to the potential for creating jobs in the food and agricultural sector, it will provide an opportunity for local industry to contribute to the production of ration pack components for the Defence force,” Mr Lyons said.
“The Centre for Food Innovation will also enable DSTO to grow its capabilities in food science and technology at Scottsdale.”
Mr Snowdon said the Australian Government had invested $18.7 million into the DSTO Scottsdale facility.
A preliminary project undertaken under the banner of the Centre for Food Innovation is focused on the development of high-pressure processing technologies for increasing the shelf-life of pears.
“The Centre for Food Innovation will provide real opportunities for regional collaboration and I encourage local producers to engage,” Mr Snowdon said.
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